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Letters From the Committee :: March 18, 2010

Miller letter to EPA regarding assessing the areas of contamination at Camp LeJeune

March 18, 2010
Lisa Jackson, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Dear Administrator Jackson:
            In 1982, a Draft Initial Assessment Study of the potable water wells at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina indicated that there was sufficient evidence to suspect that the installation was contaminated and a confirmation study was warranted. Subsequent sampling of water supply well 602 in 1984 revealed unacceptable levels of benzene in the drinking water supply, and the well was closed. The source of the benzene was a leaking fuel tank farm in a site known as the Hadnot Point Industrial Area that was up gradient from the well. The well also contained the toxic chemicals trichloroethylene (TCE) and dichloroethylene (DCE).[1] 


[1]“Evaluation of Data from First Round of Verification Sample Collection and Analysis: Confirmation Study to Determine Existence and Possible Migration of Specific Chemicals in Situ, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina” Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc., Gainesville, Florida, January 1985, pp. 2-35 and 2-38. General Account Office, “Defense Health Care: Activities Related to Past Drinking Water Contamination, GAO-07-276, May 2007, p. 27.

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